Fall Dog Walking Tips
Bill Pemberton
GM Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Operations

Fall, is a wonderful time of year to witness and experience the wonders of nature. Cool, crisp air makes for a pleasant extended walk with our four-legged companions. The leaves are changing, holidays to celebrate, friends and relatives to visit. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and enjoy the change in seasons:

  • For long extended walks or hikes - Remember to pack some water for your pup. Even though the outside temperatures are cool, dogs can still overheat and will need hydration just as much as they would on a hot summer day. It's always a good idea to pack a small day pack to carry fresh water and a small bowl.
  • Decorative plants - Holiday season brings around numerous decorative plants that could be harmful to your pet. It's always best to place plants high and out of reach of your pets. However, if you have a climber, it's best to avoid the exposure at all. Here is a link to a comprehensive list of poisonous and non-poisonous plants provided by the ASPCA
  • Fall Fertilizing - It's a very popular time of year to fertilize your lawn and garden beds. Always be mindful of little signs placed in a yard notifying of recent chemical application from a lawn service. Also, keep an eye out for small pellets of dry fertilizer on the ground. It's best to move your dog away from the area of application. If you notice that your dog walked through a treated area, make sure to take a wet wash cloth to wipe off his or her foot pads.
  • Good holiday cooking - While it's yummy for us, some foods we eat are not good for our pets. Please consult with your veterinarian prior to giving your pets a little treat.
  • For Colder weather - Even if your dog is wearing a coat or sweater and booties, there is a good chance he will start to get cold if he is outside for too long. So keep a close eye on him throughout your entire walk. If your dog starts to shake or shiver, it is a sign that he is too cold and needs to go home.
  • Play time in the snow is fun - Be mindful that dogs can get frostbite and to allow frequent breaks indoors to warm up. Also, it's best if they avoid eating snow. Possible chemical run off from the road (salts and deicer), hidden objects in the snow that could cause digestive problems, and too much eaten snow can cause a quick drop in core temperature.